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Ansuz - Elder Futhark Rune Meanings

Ansuz Elder Futhark Rune Meanings

Ansuz is Odin's rune and the fourth rune in the first aett. It corresponds with the letter A and relates etymologically with the word as (aesir) and os (mouth). Ansuz is the rune of Divine Communication.

Elementally it corresponds with Air and the direction is East. The power of this rune is strongest between dawn and noon. We turn to the East when we need inspiration, freedom, a new beginning or a solution to an intellectual problems. On the easterly winds, the wisdom of Odin blows the cobwebs off our mind.

Ansuz also relates to ancestral wisdom and messages from beyond the grave. Ansuz protects the mind and keeps us from worrying about the future. It reminds us that whatever we are facing now, our ancestors faced that and worse and still, here we are! Ansuz is also a reminder that we can be harbingers of doom or messengers of hope... and it is our choice.

Ansuz Tarot Correspondences: The Fool, The Magician, The Emperor, The Star, Ace of Swords

Ansuz Divinatory Meanings

General: divine communication, prophetic revelation, consciousness, truth, inspiration, transmission, authority, ancestral wisdom – reversed: lying, deceit, blocked communication, weakness of mind

In love and relationships, Ansuz shows you that communication (for better or worse) is an issue. It can indicate blocked communication or it can indicate beautiful exchanges (for instance with Gebo). With Thurisaz it can indicate a partner who is verbally abusive.

In readings about health, it can indicate problems with the mouth, voice box, respiratory tract or central nervous system (including the brain).

In terms of work, it can indicate a career in media, or any type of job that depends on a constant flow of communication, such as teaching. With Sowilo, it can indicate a promotion.

Ansuz Magick

Ansuz is a powerful run for breaking curses and fetters, just like Thurisaz. Use these two together with Isa in a bindrune to bind the enemy and to break anything that blocks you or any curses that bind you.

Ansuz is useful in all kinds of healing magick as it restores a healthy flow of chi via the breath. Proper oxygenisation is the key to most healing processes. Chanting the rune is especially helpful for restoring a healthy chi flow via the breath, especially if you are not afraid to use the full power of your voice when chanting.

Ansuz is the first letter in the ancient and mysterious ALU (Ansuz-Laguz-Uruz) bindrune, thought to have been used for protection.

Use Ansuz for good for success in communication with potential business partners, together with Fehu and Gebo.

Check out the Ansuz rune Tarot spread!

Blessed be!


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